Israel announces its accession to the African Union as an observer.. Lapid: “An achievement that addresses the anomaly of two decades”

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, on Thursday, that Israel joined the African Union as an observer.

The “Israel in Arabic” page, affiliated with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said: “Israel rejoins the African Union as an observer state for the first time since 2002.”

For his part, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said: “This diplomatic achievement is the result of tireless work by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israeli embassies on the continent. This corrects the anomaly that has existed for nearly two decades.”

Lapid considered that this “will help us to strengthen our activities on the African continent and with the member states of the organization,” noting that Israel has relations with 46 countries in Africa.

Lapid indicated that with Israel’s membership in the African Union as an observer, “the two parties will be able to cooperate in combating Corona and preventing the spread of extremist terrorism throughout the continent.”

The African Union was established on July 9, 2002, and its membership includes 55 African countries. The idea of ​​its establishment goes back to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who called for its establishment in the mid-1990s.

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